Restaurant review: Revolution, Chambers Street, Edinburgh

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REVOLUTION has built up a reputation as a destination bar for cocktails, parties and flavoured vodkas.

But most people will pass by without realising that aside from the mouth-watering array of cocktails, the bar boasts an equally tasty and modestly-priced menu.

We ventured into Revolution to try out some of its new cocktails, and were surprised to see the wide selection of food on offer.

Settling into a bright, private booth beside the top bar, we ordered a raspberry and basil mojito off the new cocktail list while we perused the menu.

I opted for a light starter of houmous, sunblushed tomatoes and tortilla bread (£4.25), which turned out to be a lovely accompaniment to the refreshing mojito, while my companion ordered the katsu king prawns.

Keen to take in the full experience of our surroundings, we ordered a second cocktail – a gin-based G and Tea – to accompany our mains.

While slightly on the strong side, the drink was a lovely fusion of cold tea, Tanqueray gin and elderflower juice.

I opted for a good old-fashioned cheese burger (£7.95) to soak up the alcohol, which did exactly what it said on the tin. My companion opted for the king prawn and chorizo flatbread (£7.25), which was served with a chilli, lime and coriander-dressed salad. The prawns – flavoured in a sticky sweet chilli sauce – were a big hit with my seafood-loving friend.

The generous portions meant I had no room for a dessert, but my companion ordered the Revolution chocolate mess (£4.95) with two spoons for sharing.

Unable to resist temptation, I could wholeheartedly concur with my friend’s assessment that this was “heaven on a plate”. We rounded the meal off with one last cocktail, a Moscow Mule, which was served in a rather impressive copper tankard.

• Revolution, 30a Chambers Street, 0131- 220 5679